For the second time, “A Pontiac Celebration” in Warwick, Rhode Island drew Pontiac lovers from throughout the Northeastern United States for a fun filled weekend to enjoy the cars and people of our great hobby. As by design, this “Celebration” is to showcase the great cars that we love so much, and to perpetuate the hobby by sharing them with everyone. Pontiac Clubs of all stripes are invited, and together bring a mixture representing every era and type of Pontiac from throughout the 84 years of Pontiac’s colorful history.
But, beyond the obvious fun of enjoying all these great Pontiacs, and visiting with all the dedicated people who bring these pieces of iron to life, “A Pontiac Celebration” reaches out beyond the hobbyplace and pulls all the members of our community together for an even greater cause– helping the fight against childhood cancer. Once again everyone rallied together and with all their energy we were again able to donate thousands of dollars to the two children’s charities we support: Alex’s Lemonade Stand foundation for childhood cancer and The Tomorrow Fund helping children and families affected by cancer.
With show costs held as low as we possibly can, and not one penny going to anything beyond actual costs of services, we bring a family-style event to everyone, and they answer with their generosity in donations and purchases that support the charities.
Saturday morning dawned a little on the hazy side, but all reports had been for sunshine throughout the day. And by mid-morning the clouds burned off, and the sun came peaking out for a wonderful show day. Registration stayed busy as new arrivals continued through the morning.
Meanwhile out on the show field the crew was busy checking everyone in and getting them to their assigned spots. But it didn’t take long for the relaxed atmosphere of a beautiful day and a bunch of even more beautiful Pontiacs to fill the air. Besides people prepping their own cars, they strolled the grounds and visited with many more who where also enjoying the day. Cruisin’ Bruce Palmer entertained everyone with great music and took care of all the announcements for seminars, raffles, etc. He did a great job helping keep everything organized and flowing smoothly.
As the show day wound to a close, and participants hurried about to get their voting ballots turned in, preparations began for the evening BBQ banquet dinner and the awards presentations. Once again our theme of casual and family fun prevailed as friends and families gathered in the atrium and the room became a-buzz with discussions of the day, and no doubt predictions of winners from the very competitive show. It was apparent, however, from everyone’s smiles and laughter that all considered themselves a winner.
Following a great meal, Rick DiGiacomo introduced special guests and speakers, and then again with the help of Cruisin’ Bruce Palmer, set right to the much anticipated announcements of the car show winners. It was no small job to select specific cars to award out of so many great entrants.
In addition to the show classes, we had a number of Specialty Awards given out in specific categories. New for 2012 was the “Kid’s Choice Award” given out in special memory of longtime Pontiac hobbyist Ken Deming from Massachusetts. We were so fortunate to have Ken attend A Pontiac Celebration in 2010, but sadly lost him soon after. Our special thanks to Noel and Starr Evans from Connecticut who helped Ken so much, and helped make this special award possible. Enjoying, and sadly remembering, the people of this Pontiac hobby is what helps make it so special.
The evening ended with a promise to come together again in 2014 for another Pontiac Celebration– Eastern Regional Meet. We are happy to again report that we were able to donate many thousands of dollars to our two children’s cancer charities. . . all from the wonderful Pontiac hobbyists who not only enjoy their special cars, but use them to help an even greater cause. Our sincere thanks to all who attended, and enjoyed themselves. You have our promise of an even better time in 2014.
Following you will find a display of all our great Show Sponsors who help make this event possible. Please consider these businesses first when you need something for your hobby. There is also a listing in another article of the many show winners who we congratulate for their accomplishments. Once again PontiacRegistry.com is happy, and proud, to host such an event for such a worthwhile purpose. Our thanks to all who helped make “A Pontiac Celebration – 2012” a huge success. See you all in 2014!
CLASS , 1st PLACE , 1st Runner-Up , 2nd Runner-Up
H1) 1967–69 Firebird: Dave Brady ‘69 Firebird, Richard Roberts ‘68 Firebird, Mark Robitaille ‘67 Firebird
H2) 1970–81 Firebird: George Berg ‘73 Formula, Pete Slota ‘73 Firebird,
J1) 1969–73 Trans Am: George Berg ‘70 Trans Am, Gary Trombino ‘71 Trans Am, Rick Holloway ‘71 Trans Am
J2) 1974–78 Trans Am: Derek Fletcher ‘74 Trans Am, John Kunasek ‘78 Trans Am Charlie Barron ‘78 Trans Am
J3) 1979–81 Trans Am: Kenneth Usry ‘80 Trans Am, Fil Ferrauto ‘80 Trans Am, Star Theodosigu ‘79 Trans Am
K) 1982–2002 FB/TA/Firehawk/GTA: Rick Campana ‘00 Firehawk, Harry DeBernardo ‘79 Trans Am, Jim Napolitano ‘78 Trans Am
M7) 1967–78 Firebird/Trans Am: Richard Beer ‘78 Trans Am, John Burgess ‘69 Firebird, Jason Burgess ‘70 Firebird
M8) 1979–2002 Firebird/Trans Am: Tom Yannone ‘81 Trans Am, Jim Oliver ‘79 Trans Am, Carlos Martins ‘89 Trans Am
Best of Show: Jeff Goldstein ‘65 GTO; People’s Choice: Wheeler Bradley ‘57 Safari; PontiacRegistry.com Choice: Tom Yannone ‘81 Trans Am; Best In-Process Trophy: Becky Peluso ‘64 Lemans